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Penalties Stiffened For Organized Animal Fighting In Michigan

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) — They were once a sanctioned sport in American but now dog and cock fighting in Michigan are felonies. The Michigan House has approved legislation that would move animal fighting operations into the same category as organized crime and racketeering allowing for more severe penalties and the seizure of personal property and assets of criminals who stage dog and cock fights.

Portage Rep. Larry DeShazor says stiffening the penalties may act as a bigger deterrent. He says the crime is on the rise, it’s secretive and well financed and its backers are often involved in other types of crimes.

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